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It's a front light and – hey presto! - it's a rear light

Look what’s just arrived here at road.cc HQ – Lezyne’s new Zecto Drive Pro LED. It’s a front light AND a rear light, priced at £44.99, and it’s available to pre-order at UK distributor Upgrade right now. 

We showed you this light briefly earlier in the year when we went to visit Lezyne. For such a small light – it weighs just 51g and the body, not including the clip, measures 45mm x 45mm x 25mm – it packs in a lot of functionality.

We don't usually do Just Ins on products that cost this little, but we reckon the Zecto Drive Pro warrants one because it's such an interesting little light.

There are three LEDs here, two white ones for using as a front light, and one red one for using as a rear light. We’re a way off doing our annual lights test where we compare light outputs and beam patterns, but we can tell you that the LEDs are really bright – surprisingly bright. Lezyne claim the white LEDs give 160 lumens when the light is in the daytime flash mode. It gives out up to 80 lumens in a constant mode.

There are two different constant modes and four flashing modes if you use the Zecto Drive Pro as a front light, two constant and three flashing if you use it as a rear light. It’s easy to cycle through them until you get the one you want. Put the red LED onto a flashing mode and it’s bright enough to add extra visibility in daylight.

There are a few other neat features too. You get side illumination, so people can see you when you’re passing junctions, for example, and the side windows also act as charge indicators to tell you how much juice is left. Speaking of charge, the power comes from a built in lithium polymer battery that you can recharge from a USB port.

Lezyne’s new mount system is well thought-out too. You get a clip on the back to attach the Zecto Drive Pro to a standard LED loop, a bag or clothing, and there’s a stretchy rubber strap that you can use for attaching it to your bike.

Anything else? Oh yes, it’s waterproof, and run times are from 2hrs up to 6:30hrs, depending on the mode you select. And you get a two year warranty.

As you can see, our Zecto Drive Pro has a red knurled alloy bezel, but black and silver versions are available too.

For more info visit the websites of Lezyne or Upgrade

Mat has worked for loads of bike magazines over the past 20 years, and been editor of 220 Triathlon and Cycling Plus. He's been road.cc technical editor for seven years, testing bikes, fettling the latest kit, and trying out the most up-to-the-minute clothing. We send him off around the world to get all the news from launches and shows too. He has won his category in Ironman UK 70.3 and finished on the podium in both marathons he has run. Mat is a Cambridge graduate who did a post-grad in magazine journalism, and he is a past winner of the Cycling Media Award for Specialist Online Writer.

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bohrhead [73 posts] 3 years ago
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I don't get it. What's the idea? That you swap it to the front or to the back depending on what direction a car is approaching from?

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mrmo [2076 posts] 3 years ago
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makes sense to me, i have had a front light and a back light fail before, having an emergency backup that can be used as either. And having one with a decent output so you have half a chance of seeing where your going.

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archsam [5 posts] 3 years ago
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I tend to agree, but it's pretty pricey for a backup light...

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dafyddp [362 posts] 3 years ago
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seems a bit pointless. Agree, £50 is a bit steep for a back-up. I bought a couple of set of micro LEd clip-on from Homebase for a fiver which I leave at work in case I get caught out - they're bright enough to get me home. In my mind, a single light that's either a front OR rear is bit like those knorks (or whatever they're called) that's either a knife OR a fork - seems like a good idea when you're queuing at the checkout, but in practice one's no use without the other.

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chrismday [44 posts] 3 years ago
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That's disappointing. I thought it was a 3 LED front and a 3 LED rear, both daylight viewable.

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workhard [397 posts] 3 years ago
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so up front you get 2/3rds of what you pay for and out back 1/3rd. Bonkers. Leyzne are getting Lezany.

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toetruck [16 posts] 3 years ago
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^ This

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keith roberts [204 posts] 3 years ago
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interesting light. great idea as a spare. use either end of the bike. designed with compromise in mind i'd have thought. charge at work strap/ hook to nearly anything.
I like it. though i'd like to try it first.....  39

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Jonathing [72 posts] 3 years ago
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So it's not in fact a front light AND a back light. It's a front light OR a back light.

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jollygoodvelo [1422 posts] 3 years ago
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Jonathing wrote:

So it's not in fact a front light AND a back light. It's a front light OR a back light.

Yes.

And you could just as well use a £5 Frog-type front and carry a piece of sticky red film or a red pen.

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racingcondor [173 posts] 3 years ago
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And while it's 180 lumens is good enough to light up the road it suffers from the same problem as so many bike lights -

It's not hooded so the output is perfect for blinding everyone coming towards you.

Could a light designer please spend some time riding around Richmond Park this winter so that we get a light that's both 180-240 lumens and either hooded or lensed so that it doesn't blind oncoming traffic unless you point it at the ground so close to you that the beam can't illuminate more than 10ft away no matter how powerful. Please...

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mrmo [2076 posts] 3 years ago
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racingcondor wrote:

Could a light designer please spend some time riding around Richmond Park this winter so that we get a light that's both 180-240 lumens and either hooded or lensed so that it doesn't blind oncoming traffic unless you point it at the ground so close to you that the beam can't illuminate more than 10ft away no matter how powerful. Please...

Have a look at the dynamo type lights coming out of Germany, a good few choices with properly designed beams.